The full moon is a week away, and although Lydia is as excited as it gets to run as a wolf for the first time, she is also fighting to keep her independence while trying to understand her role in the lives of the three males that have come to rule hers: compassionate, tender Taylor; impetuous, fun-loving Ryan and distant, cold Lawrence.
There’s also a fourth man in Lydia’s life. Brendan, her previous “friend with benefits”, is tirelessly searching for her. He’s about to uncover things that should be kept hidden.
However, the testosterone surrounding her is the last thing she should be worrying about. Her family bear truths about her heritage she’s not ready to face … she may not have a choice, because the greatest danger to them all comes from within. The past never stays buried for long, and among the shadows of their species it is rising with a vengeance, threatening to tear their pack apart for good.
Notes: Book two of a series – it is highly recommended that book one be read first. This is an adult, paranormal fantasy short novel (over 55,000 words) containing scenes of explicit sexual content and some violence, entwined with romantic elements. (Written in British English.)
You’re a selfish bastard, he scolded himself as he made his way up the long, hidden driveway to Lawrence’s mansion. He still couldn’t quite think of it as his home, even though it had been for almost nine months now.
Uncharacteristically, Taylor had shifted into his wolf after leaving Sarah, stuffed his clothes in a hollow barrow he often used when he took that route, and made it all the way back to the Surrey Hills from the Kent countryside in his animal form. Not overly wise in broad daylight under the beaming summer sun, but he needed his revulsion with himself, and his animal half, to end. It’s not like being a wolf was awful – it had it perks: speed, strength, out-of-this-world senses … he just needed to let go of his past … and his heart. He still had his humanity, and that had to count for something – Lydia told him it did. Often.
His heart swelled at the thought of her; her optimism and warmth. Two characteristics she shared with Ryan. But whereas Ryan had no idea what it was like to be human, Lydia would always remember it. And that, she shared with Taylor.
© Dianna Hardy, 2013. All rights reserved.
Dianna combines a titillating mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy into her writing, to bring you stories that are action-packed, fast-paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both character development and the plot. She writes both full-length novels and short fiction.
She has also written poetry and esoteric books and articles. Although quite active online, Dianna is a self-confessed hermit, preferring the company of nature and animals to the hustle and bustle of people. She loves anything paranormal (she doesn’t really consider it “para”), organic food, walking barefoot, the smell of the woods after rain, and summer days.
However, she is also sustained by coffee, chocolate and the occasional vodka. She lives in the UK with her partner and their daughter, where she devotes her time to parenting, publishing and writing.
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